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Force to make multi million pound investment in new body cameras

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West Yorkshire Police will plough more than £2million into body-worn cameras, which will be used to capture footage of their day-to-day duties.

The force is one of several investing in the technology; last year, front line officers took part in a research project to test out the new equipment.

Now the cameras, which are fixed to the torso or helmet, are set to be rolled out more widely.

Footage will be used to capture evidence of crime scenes, help prosecution cases and prevent disputes between officers and members-of-the-public from escalating.

While the exact number of cameras has yet to be confirmed, senior officers have said they are working towards bringing them in “across the force.”

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle, who is leading the project, said: “Technology remains at the cornerstone of modern day policing and we are working towards the introduction of body-worn video cameras across the force.

“We must think about the future and how we are to operate effectively during a time of significant financial challenges.”

The cameras have also been backed by campaigners including Baroness Lawrence – the mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

She believes that the technology would reduce incidents of police using unnecessary force or abusing stop and search powers – both of which have badly undermined confidence in the constabulary in certain areas.

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